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Themes such as jealousy deception and passion interwoven through the text of Othello make the story riveting But before we can understand why events take place and characters motivations it is important to analyse the geographical arena in which the story of Othello and the moral struggles of the characters are brought to life By including real locations which Elizabethans would have herd of the play appears to be more realistic Othello is reasonably geographically accurate and this helps to make the play with its unlikely events seem more plausible Othello begins in Act One in Venice the flourishing heart of civilised and refined behaviour but moves from here to the hostile climes of Cyprus where conflict begins to develop We are taken from a location where Brabantio is shocked to hear of law breaking and stealing happening What tellst thou me of robbing This is Venice my house is not a grange to a place with an unstable political standing Cyprus is ultimately unable to hold the culture and society of Venice within its realms hence why the personalities of the noble well-bred characters break down in Cyprus In addition to the movement from Venice to Cyprus Othello gradually moves from scenes taking place outside to inside We begin in a bustling street in Venice and end up in a confined space of a bedchamberbed This movement from large open areas to small confined spaces is a clever dramatic technique that draws the audience in by creating a sense of claustrophobia These gradual transitions throughout the course of the play reflect Othellos behaviour At the beginning we observe a gentleman with an active life who has many interests especially in his military capacity as a general However by the end of the play he is obsessed and consumed with the untrue belief that Desdemona is having an affair with Cassio In Shakespearean times the locations used in plays tended to have specific symbolic meaning
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